DTRTP will put up brief daily accounts and links relating to the trial of Alfie Meadows and others as it progresses. Read about Day One here including video footage:
The Independent published a brief piece with descriptions from Susan, Alfie’s mum, on the injury Alfie received and the trial here. The New Internationalist had a good piece on the trial here (by Nick Harvey), and the Guardian covered the trial here.
Press TV covered the protest outside court:
Further footage of the very well-attended protest:
Day One: Alfie was accompanied from Kingston station to the Crown Court by supporters, fellow students, lecturers and many others. As the protest took shape outside, the defendants waited for the trial to begin: some police evidence had arrived very late and it looked likely the Judge would adjourn the prosecution opening statement until tomorrow, which is what happened. Plenty of media were in attendance, and extra seating for the rest of the trial was requested.
After a couple of technical points, the jury was sworn in (three potential jury members were excused on the basis of their close relationship – one way or another – to the police). Tomorrow the trial begins in earnest: solidarity from supporters today meant a great deal to all the defendants, not only Alfie, but the manifest and grotesque absurdity of the crown trying someone they almost killed will not be forgotten as the trial rolls on over the next three weeks.
See the amazing compilation of everyone holding the “We Are All Alfie Meadows” signs: